Bundesliga Bundesliga 2


Perhaps the most entertaining game involving Bundesliga stars took place in Paris, where France hosted Germany. A gripping individual battle between <br> Bayern duo Philipp Lahm (l.) and Franck Ribery (r.) was one of many sub-plots in an eventual 2-1 win for <i>die Nationalmannschaft</i> Their club colleague Thomas Müller (r.) had an excellent game on the right-hand side of midfield. He took up some interesting positions as <br> the game progressed and managed to get on the scoresheet for the eleventh time in his Germany career Hamburg's Rene Adler (r.) made a rare appearance in goal in place of regular No1 Manuel Neuer. The HSV man was a commanding <br> presence between the sticks, while Leverkusen's Andre Schürrle (l.) made a late cameo appearance and did well In Amsterdam, another Bayern star was making his presence known. Ajren Robben was the only Bundesliga-based player to make the Dutch squad for the friendly against Italy and he impressed on his 64th appearance for the <i>Oranje</i>, who drew 1-1 draw with the four-time FIFA World Cup winners At Craven Cottage in London another Bundesliga battle was taking place, with Mario Mandzukic (l.) and Croatia up against Heung-Min <br> Son (m.) and South Korea. On this occasion it was the Bayern man that prevailed, with HSV's Son on the end of a 4-0 defeat Ja-Cheol Koo of FC Augsburg also featured for the South Koreans for his 28th appearance, as did his <br> SGL Arena team-mate Ji Dong-Won. VfL Wolfsburg's Ivica Olic played for Croatia In Dublin, Dortmund's Jakub Blaszczykowski (l.) captained Poland against the Republic of Ireland, but couldn't prevent his team falling to a 2-0 defeat against the hosts Robert Lewandowski (r.) led the line for Poland but was unable to add to his tally of 15 goals in his 51st appearance for the national side Frankfurt's Takashi Inui (l.) came off the bench to feature in Japan's 3-0 win over Latvia in Kobe in a game that also featured 1. FC Nuremberg's <br> Hiroshi Kiyotake, Wolfsburg's Makoto Hasebe, Bayer 04 Leverkusen's Hajime Hosogai and FC Schalke 04 defender Atsuto Uchida Of all of the Bundesliga's Japanese representatives, however, the standout player was VfB striker Shinji Okazaki, who scored a goal in each half Bremen's Kevin de Bruyne (r.) continued his good club form with an assured display in Belgium's 2-1 win over Slovakia. <br> Timmy Simons of Nuremberg and Bayern's Daniel van Buyten also featured for the Red Devils In South Africa there were no such 'friendlies', with a place in the final of the African Cup of Nations at stake. Augsburg's Aristide Bance (c.) scored in both normal time and a penalty shootout to help fire Burkina Faso past Ghana into the final, where they will face Nigeria Australian Robbie Kruse (r.) has been in fine form for Fortuna Düsseldorf of late but couldn't prevent the Socceroos falling to a 3-2 loss away in Romania In Wales David Alaba was one of six Austrians in the Bundesliga to make an appearance as Austria were beaten 2-1. Andreas Ivanschitz (Mainz), Robert <br> Almer (Fortuna) and Bremen trio Sebastian Prödl, Marko Arnautovic and Zlatko Junuzovic all played Schalke's Jermaine Jones (r.) flew the Bundesliga flag for the USA national team away to Honduras, but Jürgen Klinsmann's men were beaten 2-1 in their 2014 FIFA <br> World Cup qualifier. Nuremberg's Timmy Chandler and 1899 Hoffenheim pair Daniel Williams and Fabian Johnson also featured Hannover 96's Swiss defender Johan Djourou had a solid game in his country's 0-0 draw in Greece, a game that also featured Pirmin Schwegler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Granit Xhaka (Borussia´Mönchengladbach), Timm Klose (Nuremberg), Ricardo Rodriguez (Wolfsburg) and Tranquillo Barnetta (Schalke) For the Greeks, Sokratis Papastathopoulos made his 37th international appearance and put in a typically strong performance at the back And in Finland, Schalke's Teemu Pukki (r.) put in a good shift away in Israel but ultimately ended up on the wrong side of a 2-1 scoreline
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